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Team News: Bournemouth v Norwich City

29 October 2018

Marco Stiepermann and Todd Cantwell have been ruled out of Norwich City's trip to Bournemouth in Round Four of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Both players have been regular features in Daniel Farke's starting eleven over recent weeks but the City Head Coach says they will be absent from the visit to the south coast.

"Sadly we have to travel without Marco Stiepermann," said Farke. "He has some illness and went to see the doctor who said he has tonsillitis.

"We will have to do without Todd Cantwell as well. He overstretched in the last few minutes of the game on Saturday and has a slight hamstring strain. He's not available and is also major doubt for Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. He's 99% out of that game."

Farke added that he will make late decisions on the fitness of Timm Klose, Max Aarons and Emi Buendia who all picked up knocks on Saturday.

"We will make a late decision on Timm Klose who has a problem with his hip flexor. Max Aarons has some issues with his adductors, Emi Buendia seems to be okay after we had to bring him off on Saturday with cramp.

"All three can travel but we will make a late decision on them. We won't take any risks because we don't want any big injuries."

Teemu Pukki hasn't featured for City since picking up a hamstring injury during the international break but Farke said the Finnish striker could return to the fold at the Vitality Stadium.

"Teemu trained with the team on Sunday and he will join us today [Monday]. He could travel with us. If everything goes okay in training today and tomorrow, he could be an option on 20/30 minutes."

Farke ended his team news update with a rounded assessment of his thoughts going into selecting his starting eleven for the Cup match.

"All the players are hungry for a chance. Players want to play and everyone is looking forward to this challenge. No one has come into my office and said they want a break. We will travel with our best available squad but I won't take any risk with injuries. 

"We have to be careful not to put too much load on our players. It has been a busy week."

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